The Beyond Fest main screen is screening all manner of 80s gems today and the small screen wanted in on the action: Here’s a collection of 80s-inspired shorts, spanning slashers, dream smashers and party crashers to metal, murder, mayhem, and the dark lord himself, with, like, totally bitchin’ aesthetics.
Louisa Weichmann’s Aussie train-set stranger-danger thriller The Stare depicts a young woman’s unsettling trip down memory lane as she journeys home, reminiscent of The Twilight Zone at its prime. The end of the night always provides perfect paranoia fodder; Jessica Valentine & Richard Valentine’s Lane 9 evokes the Shape and Haddonfield when evil descends upon a town’s bowling alley and terrorizes its late-shift staff.
An avid collector of murder artifacts receives a Sawyer-family-style welcome when she goes to pick up her auction winnings from the seller’s house in Richard Karpala’s creepy Murderabiliac. Trent Shy’s The Animator harkens back to the Vintonesque heyday of claymation when an animator takes out his anger on his creations.
Rich Ragsdale’s The Loop riffs on straight-to-video slashers and pits little Mikey against the ultimate dreamwalking foe. Scotland’s own Bryan M. Ferguson flips the script on a satanic aerobics tape Satanic Panic ’87 when two metalheads decide to open the portal to hell. Gwenmarie White’s cerebral Skejmt Blod mashes “girl kvlture” and Norwegian metal in a visually stunning sendup of late-stage capitalism. South African filmmaker Lyall Coburn’s 5% Dad reunites the spawn of Satan with her absent father.
Rob O’Neill & Starcadian’s Freak Night brings the party to this 80s-themed block as a pizza delivery girl stumbles upon an underground nightclub filled with monsters. No trip down 80s memory lane would be complete without a little Van Halen; Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb’s hilarious Lost Weekend follows a pair of small-town pals who win 48 precious hours to party with Diamond Dave and the King of Ten Fingers & Six Strings off an MTV show. — Nicole McControversy
Louisa Weichmann | Australia | 9 min.
On a late night train ride home a girl encounters an unnerving stranger staring at her from the far end of the train carriage.
Jessica Valentine & Richard Valentine | USA | 15 min.
On Halloween 1979, a small town is turned upside down when a transient evil takes up residence in lane 9 of the local bowling alley.
Richard Karpala | USA | 10 min.
A strange murderabilia seller summons his buyer.
Trent Shy | USA | 2 min.
An animator takes his anger out on the source of his frustration... his puppets.
Rich Ragsdale | USA | 8 min.
Mikey's older brother and his girlfriend, Tommy and Cindi, bring home a 1980s straight-to-video slasher flick to watch...or is it?
Satanic Panic '87
Bryan M. Ferguson | Scotland | 4 min.
It’s 1987 and two metalheads open a gateway to hell when following the instructions of a satanic aerobics tape.
Gwenmarie White | USA | 6 min.
In her CalArts thesis, SKJEMT BLOD (which translates to “bad blood” or “tainted blood” in Norwegian), Gwenmarie White uses what she has coined “girl kvlture” as a vehicle for meditation on American brutality and survival in late-stage capitalism.
Lyall Coburn | South Africa | 10 min.
Following her occultist mother's death, a disillusioned daughter is bequeathed a way to finally connect with the father she never knew.
Starcadian: Freak Night
Rob O'Neill & Starcadian | USA | 7 min.
A pizza delivery girl stumbles into an underground monster nightclub presided over by the mysterious Starcadian in this latest chapter of interconnected narrative music videos.
Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb | USA | 14 min.
In 1984, two friends from small town Pennsylvania win an MTV contest and the chance to party with Van Halen for 48 Hours.
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